Nutrients In Eggs
Eggs are a nutrient goldmine!
One large egg has varying amounts of 13 essential vitamins and minerals, high-quality protein, all for 70 calories.
While egg whites contain some of the eggs’ high-quality protein, riboflavin and selenium, the majority of an egg’s nutrient package is found in the yolk. Nutrients such as:
- Vitamin D, critical for bone health and immune function. Eggs are one of the only foods that naturally contain vitamin D.
- Choline, essential for normal functioning of all cells, but particularly important during pregnancy to support healthy brain development of the fetus.
- Lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants that are believed to reduce the risk of developing cataracts and slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration, a disease that develops with age.
As parents prepare to send their children back to school, they often think about the essentials – new school backpack, supplies or even new clothes. But do enough parents think about arming their child with a nutritious breakfast? Research shows that children who eat breakfast may have better concentration in the classroom and overall improved health and well-being.1
Below is a variety of resources and information that highlight the importance of breakfast and help families incorporate it into busy weekday routines:
- Rampersaud GC, et al. J Am Diet Assoc. 2005;105:743-760.
The antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin have long been associated with eye health, as they can help reduce the risk of cataracts and slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration. It turns out, their benefits extend beyond the eye. More recent research has discovered lutein’s role on cognition as well.1,2
Continue reading “Beyond Eye Health: Lutein’s Impact on Cognition”
The American Medical Association (AMA) recently announced its recommendation to include choline in prenatal vitamins.1 Choline is an essential nutrient that is particularly important during pregnancy, as it impacts fetal brain development and can help prevent birth defects.2
Continue reading “AMA Recommendations Highlight Importance of Choline for Pregnancy”
Moms everywhere often encourage their kids to drink milk – the poster child for calcium – to help build strong bones. Calcium and vitamin D have long been documented as important nutrients needed for optimal bone health,1 but does dietary protein play a positive role as well? Or, could protein intake have a harmful effect on bone health? Continue reading “Eat Protein for Bone Health?”
In 1976, Rocky Balboa started a fitness trend by cracking raw eggs into a cup and drinking (yikes!). Rocky may have inspired the nation with his pursuit of glory, but his pre-workout snack was not ideal. Much has changed since 1976, but some people still drink raw eggs to build muscle – recognizing eggs as an inexpensive and convenient source of high-quality protein.1 Continue reading “The Nutritional Benefits of Cooked (vs. Raw) Eggs”